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Human Rights: Sword, Shield or Just Symbolism? - Larissa Behrendt with David Marr - 8 October, 2011
Freedom of speech and its limits - Dr Katharine Gelber - 11 July, 2009
Are human rights the past or the future for Australia? - Professor Hilary Charlesworth - 7 July, 2007
Equal Opportunity at home and abroad - Prof Julian Disney - 10 July, 2005
Dialogue or Monologue – Human Rights in Australia - John von Doussa - 23 November, 2003
The future of Human Rights Globally - Mary Robinson - 11 November, 2002
Justice and Revenge: The Lessons of Sept 11 - Magistrate Geoffrey Robertson QC - 1 November, 2001
The Art of Justice - Professor Peter Sellars - 1 November, 2000
Ageing Triumphantly - Gary Andrews - 1 November, 1999
Human Rights and Human Wrongs - Alice Tay - 30 October, 1998
The pleasing myth of Egalitarian Australia - Hugh Mackay - 10 October, 1997
Thirty Years On, Do We Need a Bill of Rights? - Frank Brennan - 20 September, 1996
Equal Opportunity: The Next Twenty Years - Honourable Justice Catherine Branson - 6 October, 1995
Women, Citizenship and the Law in the coming century - Elizabeth Evatt - 23 September, 1994
Whither Australia? Shaping the Future of our nation - Reverend Peter Hollingworth - 8 October 1993
Human rights & Aborigines: Time for re-appraisal - Magistrate Pat O'Shane - 21 August 1992
Human Dignity for all: A pie in the sky? - Sir Ronald Wilson - 20 September 1991
In the eye of the law: The Jurisprudence of Equality - Honourable Justice Mary Gaudron - 24 August 1990
Looking Back... Looking Forward - Dame Roma Mitchell - 11 October 1989
"In this address I have been invited to look back and to look forward. Sometimes, when I stand rooted in the present and survey the situation, I see all the areas in which there is much to be done to ensure their appropriate human rights to all Australians and I find myself inclined to think that we have not made great progress. But, when I look back over my more than fifty years experience in the legal profession, I realize that the advances have been tremendous. That does not mean that those of us who are willing to carry the banner for human rights can afford to relax; but it is only by looking back that we appreciate what has been gained, and it has been gained mainly as a result of legislation and the education programmes which have ensued."